STRUGGLE ON THE VELD by Roederick Peattie


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The noted geographer and author who spent a year in South Africa with the OWI writes a rather general but very entertaining book about the Union of South Africa. There are some geographical facts and a rather brief history of the Union's settlement, the Boer War and the Gold Rush, but mainly Peattle is concerned with the Union today and the veld in particular. He writes entertainingly, in a colorful style with plenty of human interest stories; he discusses the cities, the peoples, customs, problems of racial and social differences and prejudices, the leaders, agricultural problems, industry, and takes a rather favorable view of the effects of British imperialism. He covers a lot of topics and has neither space nor desire to go into any very profoundly, but the book fulfills its evident purpose admirably,- to give Americans a general, overall picture of a country known only sketchily to most of us.

Pub Date: Feb. 26th, 1947
Publisher: Vanguard